Oil Painting: James Gurney's Books of Inspiration

In the November 2006 issue of American Artist, we showcased James Gurney's impressive landscape paintings.  We present an excerpt from the article that discusses the books that have influenced Gurney as an artist.

by John A. Parks

In developing his landscape-painting skills, Gurney augmented his art-school experience with a number of books that helped him become better at rendering consistent light and achieving three-dimensional form. The artist cites The Science and Practice of Oil Painting, by Harold Speed (Chapman & Hall, London, England); The Academy and French Painting in the Nineteenth Century, by Albert Boime (Yale University Press, New Haven, Connecticut); A Manual of Oil Painting, by John Collier [who was a student of Alma-Tadema] (Cassell, London, England); and Creative Illustration, by Andrew Loomis (Bonanza Books, New York, New York) as being particularly influential in his development. The artist also talks fondly of discovering binders of the 1954 edition of the Famous Artists Course, a correspondence course headlined by Norman Rockwell and several other artists/illustrators.

To read more features like this, check out the November 2006 issue of American Artist.

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